Title: Black Sea Affair
Author: Don Brown
Publication Date: May 13, 2008
Commander Peter Miranda and his submarine crew are on a dangerous, top secret mission, attack and destroy the civilian ship, Alexander Popovich, before it can use the stolen plutonium on Russian or American soil, all without starting World War 3. But not only that but they’re in the Black Sea, where if they’re spotted is an act of war.
When the ship has sunk and several factors prevent Pete and his crew from leaving the Black Sea, Pete is forced to surrender and go into the hands of the Russians. Where they put him on trial and JAG Officer Zack Brewer is called to defend the submariner skipper and crew.
Though this book isn’t part of Don Brown’s first series, The Navy Justice Series, it has references and eludes to the previous three books, but thankfully, readers who happened to pick up this book without reading the others can’t really get too confused by previous events in previous stories.
The events in the previous books are touched upon but not really discussed. All that will happen would be the books would be slightly spoiled for a new reader. The events aren’t really discussed because it’s more important to advance this storyline not the last three.
Though Black Sea Affair follows in the classic Don Brown style, a military thriller that includes a JAG courtroom suspense, in this book the military thriller takes up most of the storyline and the courtroom drama only takes up a minuscule sliver at the end. Making you long for the major character that ties the stories together, Zack Brewer, to make more of an appearance and to take up more of the spotlight.
This book, however, never let me get bored with it. Don Brown integrates these highly suspenseful scenes that put your stomach in knots and making almost impossible to put down. His years as a JAG officer definitely help greatly in making these books as realistic as possible.
The characters were developed with stories and reasons for doing what they do and did. The characters all force you to make an opinion of them whether good or bad and makes you either pray for their victory of imminent defeat.
Honestly, this book is great. The idea is awesome and the plot, which may be unrealistic but I’m not in politics so I wouldn’t know, works together so well. I would have enjoyed it so much more if the author had never mentioned Zack Brewer and let his presence be a surprise to readers, because I found myself counting the seconds before he would make an appearance or even be mentioned when I should’ve just enjoyed the story.
I can only give this book three out of five due to the lack of Zack. The great storyline and strong characters saved this book from being a total dive (no pun intended). This great is perfect for men and possibly women who love the military and/or action books.
Thanks is in store to Zondervan for allowing me to be able to review this book.